The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

OOSKAnews Voices: "Too Much, Too Quickly": UNFCCC COP23 and the Sharpening Mind

OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece, AGWA's Coordinator John H. Matthews focuses on the time-sensitive need to scale up adaptation efforts globally. Dr. Matthews provides reflections on COP23, highlighting its flaws and merits while outlining the urgent need for both practical and policy advancements.

"I have attended five COPs since 2009. Frankly, most of the COPs are frustrating to attend. But COP23 is the first UNFCCC meeting where fear was palpable in the presentations I saw and in the people I met. Climate impacts were here, they were serious, and many impacts were actually frightening. In the words of one participant with a large government’s aid agency: 'Climate change is coming too fast and too hard. We’re not changing fast enough. And we need help.' I sensed that many individuals and institutions felt as if their options were narrowing. Adaptation used to be about projects or money and budgets. Now adaptation is a systemic need, an institutional threat..."

UEA's Call for Applicants: MSc in Water Security and International Development

The Water Security Research Centre at the University of East Anglia is accepting applications for the September 2018 intake of the MSc in Water Security and International Development.

This 12-month MSc programme offers world-class education in water security policy and science, and is as challenging as it is rewarding. By the end of it, students will have the latest knowledge and tools necessary to address a wide variety of water-related challenges that are at the very heart of developmental and environmental objectives. Read More...

Last chance to submit your abstract or event proposal for World Water Week

Want to host an event or a take part in a seminar during this year's World Water Week in Stockholm? Now is your last chance! Submissions for events and abstracts close this Sunday, 21 January.

Hosting an event during World Water Week
SIWI welcomes all water-related event proposals and proposals that expand on topics raised in the thematic scope such as the 2030 Agenda, green/grey solutions, diversity, water governance, ecosystem values, human health and ecosystems, financing strategies, industrial perspectives, urbanization and sustainable growth. For more information and event proposal guidelines and fees, please visit SIWI's events page or contact

Presenting your scientific work in a seminar
Actors from all disciplines who wish to present their research in the seminars during World Water Week are welcome to submit abstracts. Abstracts can be submitted on any subject related to the issues being addressed by the seminars. The different seminar topics and more information can be found here. For questions, contact

Upcoming deadlines
1 February - Showcase and Field visit submissions will open (deadline 15 March)
16 March - Sofa and Exhibition submissions will open (deadline 30 April) Read More...

New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | New Approaches to Managing Risk: Climate Adaptation in Zambia

You can now listen to the latest episode of the ClimateReady Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, or AGWA's Knowledge Platform. The latest episode focuses on the application of a new bottom-up adaptation approach known as Collaborative Risk Informed Decision Analysis, or CRIDA, to increase resilience to drought for a water treatment facility in Zambia. The main interview comes from Marc Tkach of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Marc discusses the need for adaptation as a means of ensuring MCC's goals of enabling growth to reduce poverty. You'll learn more about the new CRIDA approach as well as the Decision Scaling and Adaptation Pathways methodologies for robust and flexible water management planning.

Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave a review to tell us how we're doing! Happy listening! Read More...

AGWA Updates: January 2018

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the January issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network. Plus, as always it is full of the latest news related to climate change, climate finance, policy, and much more. It's well worth your time!

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